Luc Besson first premiered some footage at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. This footage received a standing ovation from the crowd in Hall H.
For years, Luc Besson had wanted to adapt the "Valérian and Laureline" comics, this being a pet project and his ambition.
Luc Besson deliberately chose to shoot the film, an adaptation of a French comic, in English with English-speaking actors in order to raise its chances of a wider audience.
This is the second adaptation of the "Valérian and Laureline" comic, after Valérian & Laureline (2007).
The Original Comic For Valerian Inspired Other Movies Such As The Fifth Element and Star Wars
Weta Digital and ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) have previously worked together on Contact (1997), Van Helsing (2004), Eragon (2006) and Avatar (2009), making Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets their fifth collaboration.
This will be the 3rd Sci-Fi Film project by Luc Besson, the other 2 are The Fifth Element and Lucy
The film is based on the French science fiction comics series Valérian and Laureline, written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières.
Cara Delevingne worked out for several months to get in shape for her role as Laureline.
This is the second comic book feature for Dane DeHaan (after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)) and Cara Delevingne (after Suicide Squad (2016)).
With a final production budget of EUR197.47 million, around $210 million in United States currency, the film is officially the most expensive ever made in France, significantly exceeding the budget of the previous record holder, Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008), which cost EUR78 million ($82 million).
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